Alvarez accused of attacking Solis; promoter says charges to be filed
Several strong Mexican sources report that WBC 154-pound champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez attacked Archie Solis, the IBF champion at 108 pounds, during a physical confrontation in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Several sources say Solis was confronted by Alvarez, and words were exchanged. Then, according to Solis' version of the story, Alvarez attacked him. Solis suffered a broken jaw and a broken tooth and he was taken to a hospital, where he was scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday night.
Initial reports indicated the confrontation took place on a Guadalajara street, but Solis said it occurred at a running ground where they were training. He said Alvarez accused him of messing around with Alvarez's girlfriend, and then attacked him with multiple punches.
"I ran into Alvarez when I finished training. Suddenly he began to claim a lot of things. He asked, 'Why are you with my woman?' I told him that I didn't know what he was talking about and then without warning he hit me with a left and right cross. I went back and then he threw a couple of more punches, one hit me in the temple and one to my chest. I wanted it to stop," Solis said.
BoxingScene.com spoke to Solis' promoter, Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions, who said criminal charges will be pursued against Alvarez, as well as a civil lawsuit will be filed seeking damages. Solis was scheduled to fight in December, but his injuries will delay his return until 2012 at the earliest.
"Yes, it's true and there will be criminal charges," Beltran said. "It's sad because Canelo is denying everything. Finally he fought a good fighter, except it took place in the street. I think Canelo went over to Archie because of something he said about him. The version we have is the version of Archie Solis. He said that Canelo came to him and said, 'I was looking for you ---- and you ----.' Then he pushed him. And then he started attacking him with punches. He broke his jaw and broke a tooth. He's going to have surgery later tonight.
"It's sad because this sport has a lot of issues, and Canelo is a good prospect and a lot of people talk about him, and we don't need this with a guy like him attacking a good little champion at 108. And by the way, it was a technical knockout because (Canelo) couldn't drop (Solis). Canelo is denying everything. I have the version of Archie Solis. Everyone, the Mexican press, is at the hospital with Archie," Beltran said.
"We are going to put out the pictures of his jaw and there were four witnesses there. He's going to proceed with a lawsuit because it's not fair. He had a fight scheduled for December and now his year is over. Maybe it's the end of his career? Who knows if he can fight again? It's sad that a champion at 154 pounds would do this to another champion at 108."
Alvarez has already denied the allegations to several third-party sources.